Arkansas Students Schools Make Money For Computer Science Test Results
Seven high schools in northwest Arkansas were among the state’s top 10 awards received this year as part of a state program that recognizes student performance on computer science exams.
Students in public schools and schools in Arkansas were eligible under the program to receive money when the student obtained flexible credit in computer science for completing an advanced “A” computer course and received a qualifying score on the AP exam taken between Aug. 1, 2020, and May 30, according to a press release from the Arkansas Department of Education.
The objective of the program is to increase the number of qualifying marks – 3, 4 or 5 – in the AP “A” computer science exams.
For the 2020-21 school year, the fourth year of this program, 193 Arkansas students and 42 schools earned $ 136,350 for passing exams, the statement said.
Little Rock Central High School and its students received the most money through the program this year at $ 18,450.
Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville was second with $ 13,850, followed by Rogers High School, $ 13,100; Bentonville High School, $ 10,950; Springdale Har-Ber High School, $ 7,400; Southside High School in Fort Smith, $ 7,350; Northside High School in Fort Smith, $ 5,200; and Haas Hall Academy in Rogers, $ 4,300.
A student at an Arkansas public school was awarded $ 1,000, with the school receiving $ 250, for a qualifying score of 5 on the exam.
One student received $ 750, the school received $ 150, for a score of 4. For a score of 3, one student received $ 250, and the school received $ 50.
Approved payments for students and academic awards will be sent to schools by November for distribution to students, the statement said. The program continues this school year.